A game versus the New Orleans Saints is upcoming for the Giants, and that means they’ll need all hands on deck offensively. After losing their first three games of the season, the Saints have won three of four and will look to mow down New York in the Superdome with an attack that features quarterback Drew Brees, tailback Mark Ingram, and wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
With the Giants struggling to keep opponents off the scoreboard lately, wide receiver Rueben Randle knows the offense has to step up in New Orleans.
“It’s definitely a challenge for us to put points on the board when we do have the ball,” said Randle, “Their offense does a great job on converting on third down and keeping the ball, so when you have the ball you’ve got to take advantage of the opportunities that you get and put some points on the board.”
Randle has had an opportunity to make a name for himself in 2015 due to starting wide receiver Victor Cruz missing time with a calf injury. However, the fourth-year veteran out of LSU has been inconsistent in his performance. After catching a touchdown pass in two straight weeks versus Washington and Buffalo, Randle has just 154 total yards and zero touchdowns combined in his last three games.
He will hopefully find some more separation against a defense that is led by aggressive coordinator Rob Ryan. With Ryan looking to send blitzes at the Giants on third down, quarterback Eli Manning and his receivers will need to stay cool under pressure.
“They like to play man, especially on third down, so there are opportunities there,” said Randle, “It’s going to be upon us as receivers to create that separation and make some plays. Kind of take the air out of the building because you know they’re going to be rowdy and they’re coming from winning three games straight so we’ve got to be ready for the challenge.”
The Superdome crowd has been a particularly troublesome one for the Giants, who haven’t won a game in that building since 1993. In order to put an end to that four-game losing streak, the Giants must eliminate turnovers and have their entire offense working in sync.
“We’ve got to make some more plays down field and kind of help the running game some more,” said Randle, “We’re trying to put it together still, still working out some kinks but time is kind of getting there.”